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Governor trains protocol officers on etiquette

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From ABBAS GUNGURA, Bauchi

In his determination to improve effective service delivery in governance, Governor Bala Muhammad of Bauchi State has declared a one-week intensive training for officials on protocol etiquettes and best practices.

The governor, in his remarks, called on participants to listen attentively and utilize the knowledge acquired towards ensuring a smooth conduct of government activities and other responsibilities vested in them.

The training is also aimed at providing participants with the requisite knowledge necessary to improve their official responsibilities.

While declaring the event open at the Government House, Bauchi, recently, he said the initiative should meet global best practices in hospitality and general conduct of government business.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Muhammad Auwal Jatau, charged the participants to take full advantage of the opportunity learn in order to achieve their goals in the service of the state.

He reassured of his administration’s total support for programmes and ideas that would enhance the capacity of government officials for effective service delivery which would bring development in the state.

While commending the state government for its foresight in organizing the capacity building engagement, Ambassador Ibrahim Bashir, one of the resource persons, described protocol as an essential activity in ensuring the overall success of official duties.

Bashir expressed readiness to train and educate participants on essential areas that would improve their knowledge for proper handling of official responsibilities. He assured that at the end of the programme, participants will be fully equipped with the various ways and means of handling official responsibilities.

Our correspondent reports that the week-long training attracted participants from offices of the governor, his deputy, the First Lady and staff from relevant departments of the state government.

 

Judge warns against unnecessary remanding of debtors

From Abbas Gungura, Bauchi

 

The Chief Judge of Bauchi State, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar, has warned magistrate and Shari’a court judges to refrain from unnecessarily remanding debtors in correctional centres in a bid to recover debts, saying it does not solve the problem.

The chief judge, who issued the warning recently, said that disputes related to debts and marriages could be resolved through mediation and other avenues of amicable settlement.

Justice Umar gave this directive during the review of cases of Awaiting Trial Inmates (ATI) under the Administration of Justice Committee, which she heads.

She further admonished the judges and magistrates not to allow their courts to be stepping stones for litigants to intimidate debtors.

She cautioned: “Don’t use your good offices to abuse the powers given to you. Are you supposed to keep a person, especially a female, in correctional centre for just 30 thousand naira? You reprimand a debtor and at the same time you want your debt to be recovered. What magic do you want your debtor to do who is under detention in a correctional centre?

“If you cause for the reprimand of a debtor, you are responsible for feeding him/her while in the correctional centre, no matter how long he/she stays because government cannot take that responsibility at your instance. So I’m reminding correctional centre officials about this responsibility.”

Justice Umar released eight inmates and granted bail to two others from across five correctional centres in Darazo, Misau, Azare, Jama’are and Ningi with 4, 3 and one discharged from Misau, Azare and Ningi respectively.

One each were bailed from Misau and Azare.

On cases of witchcraft, she explained that the courts do not determine who was into witchcraft, adding: “It is also naive, irreligious and culturally immoral for an alleged witch to be forced naked to cross over suspected victim as antidote for the witches.”

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